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The Charge of the Light Brigade



    The Charge of the Light Brigade

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson


    1.

    Half a league, half a league,

       Half a league onward,

    All in the valley of Death

       Rode the six hundred.

    "Forward, the Light Brigade!

    "Charge for the guns!" he said:

    Into the valley of Death

       Rode the six hundred.

    2.

    "Forward, the Light Brigade!"

    Was there a man dismay'd?

    Not tho' the soldier knew

       Someone had blunder'd:

    Theirs not to make reply,

    Theirs not to reason why,

    Theirs but to do and die:

    Into the valley of Death

       Rode the six hundred.

    3.

    Cannon to right of them,

    Cannon to left of them,

    Cannon in front of them

       Volley'd and thunder'd;

    Storm'd at with shot and shell,

    Boldly they rode and well,

    Into the jaws of Death,

    Into the mouth of Hell

       Rode the six hundred.

    4.

    Flash'd all their sabres bare,

    Flash'd as they turn'd in air,

    Sabring the gunners there,

    Charging an army, while

       All the world wonder'd:

    Plunged in the battery-smoke

    Right thro' the line they broke;

    Cossack and Russian

    Reel'd from the sabre stroke

       Shatter'd and sunder'd.

    Then they rode back, but not

       Not the six hundred.

    5.

    Cannon to right of them,

    Cannon to left of them,

    Cannon behind them

       Volley'd and thunder'd;

    Storm'd at with shot and shell,

    While horse and hero fell,

    They that had fought so well

    Came thro' the jaws of Death

    Back from the mouth of Hell,

    All that was left of them,

       Left of six hundred.

    6.

    When can their glory fade?

    O the wild charge they made!

       All the world wondered.

    Honor the charge they made,

    Honor the Light Brigade,

       Noble six hundred.

    Copied from Poems of Alfred Tennyson,

    J. E. Tilton and Company, Boston, 1870


    This poem is one of many published by the EServer, a nonprofit collective.